House Speaker Marco Rubio on Friday evening shot back at House Democratic Leader Dan Gelber and his idea to use more than $400 million in budget vetoes to lower property taxes used to pay for schools. Rubio said that the idea would "violate" the "principle of responsible budgeting."
As pointed out here previously, the money vetoed by Gov. Charlie Crist was a combination of money from trust funds as well as one-time money that would have to be replaced next year if it were used to lower school property taxes.
"It is unsound fiscal policy to appropriate nonrecurring dollars for recurring costs,'' wrote Rubio, who pointed out that voters in 2006 even approved an amendment that caps the annual amount of one-time, or non-recurring money, that can be used on ongoing expenses.
Rubio then suggested to Democrats that they consider modifying the class size amendment as a way to generate savings that could be used to lower school property taxes. Or he said maybe the Democrats could consider replacing property taxes with a "consumption tax."